IPL 2012 February 18, 2012

Mumbai Indians add five uncapped players

Mumbai Indians have added five uncapped players to their squad for the 2012 IPL, including Jharkhand medium pacer Rahul Shukla, Mumbai (Ranji) batsman Sushant Marathe, Vidarbha batsman Apoorv Wankhade, Mumbai allrounder Sujit Nayak and Uttar Pradesh Under-19 allrounder Kuldeep Yadav.

Shukla returns to Mumbai Indians after being part of the squad for IPL 2010, while the other four have been picked up by the franchise for the first time. Shukla, 21, has taken seven wickets at 15.71 from four Twenty20 games, with an economy rate of 7.17.

At 26, Marathe is the oldest of the five and was part of the Kochi Tuskers squad in 2011. He topped the batting averages for Mumbai during the qualifying stage of India's domestic Twenty20 tournament last October, averaging 69.66 with a strike-rate of 148.09 from four games while opening the batting.

Wankhade was the second-highest run-getter for Vidarbha in the CK Nayudu Under-22 tournament, scoring 466 runs at an average of 51.77 in six games. A statement from Mumbai Indians said the 19-year old "had impressed with his batting technique, ability to score big and quick runs and as an agile fielder."

The 22-year-old Nayak has represented Mumbai in the CK Nayudu tournament for three years and can bowl left-arm spin as well. Yadav also bowls left-arm spin and at 18, is the youngest of the five. In the semi-final of the Cooch Behar trophy, Yadav made a half-century and took six wickets against Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians have been one of the busier IPL teams in the offseason. They added Dinesh Karthik and Pragyan Ojha in the transfer window before buying Herschelle Gibbs, Mitchell Johnson, Robin Peterson, RP Singh and Thisara Perera in the IPL auction earlier this month.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • yas on February 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Thisara Perera is a good buy because he can replace symonds role and do it even better because he's a great bowler, big hitting batsman and a terrific in-fielder.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    i dont know how good or bad these players are but it will be benifical for them sharing the dressing room with likes of sachin and others maybe they wont get a game if they get that will be just the ultimate . its good to see MI are making a team with local talent with the big players they already have that s why i have a problem with another open auctioun which sahara has suggested first work hard to make a team and lose it 2-3 years then we are not rewarding teams working hard to make teams just rewarding teams who just buy high class players in auctioun and no local talent

  • P on February 18, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    santanuXI got it right. KKR is the other extreme, lacking in local talent. They shud hv a good Indian spotter, someone like Mohinder Amarnath or Raman or Ghavri; not foreign coach and bowling advisor living 11 mths in other countries.

  • Yashas on February 18, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Need a small correction. Sushant Marathe has been a part of Mumbai Indians before as well. This not his first time. IPL2010

  • Santanu on February 18, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Mumbai managment is very much focussed- not just looking at the big names (they have plenty though) but also understand the importance of good local talent- looking everywhere in India. Compare them with some other teams (KXI, KKR)- lot of hype, big talks and always looking for the big names but no real effort to find good local talent. Mumbai has lot of money, no doubt (paid huge amounts to get Dinesh Karthik & Ojha) but they are trying to build a good team (domestic non-international players are paid equally by all the teams as per rules) which cannot be said about most other teams. Yes its T20 but they are serious and honest in their efforts. Deccan Chargers have of late made some good signings as well.

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